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Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial with Embossing Texture Paste & Sparkle Paste

Hello, Friends!  I’m having so much fun learning to walk in my Mixed Media Boots!  Today I have a Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial to share with you.  Making this project was a blast!  I got to play with some new (to me) mixed media products like Embossing Texture Paste and Sparkle Paste and stencils and of course, beautiful Little Birdie Flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

This 8″ x 6″ wood pallet was languishing in the clearance bin.  I picked it up to look at it and the next thing I knew, it had jumped right into my cart!  It was a real Plain Jane piece, but now it is bursting with color, texture, layers and gorgeous flowers.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: From Plain Jane to Just Plain Gorgeous

Here’s how this came together.  I also have a step out tutorial video below, so feel free to skip on down to that if you’d like.

  • First, lightly sand the surface of the pallet board to prepare it for paint.
  • Next, create a wash with Little Birdie Sand Stone and Wild Moss Paints and a few spritzes of water from a misting bottle.
  • Now, randomly brush the paint over the surface of the pallet.  Be sure to heat dry between layers and repeat as needed. Clean your brush off on a 4×4 burlap panel.  Waste not, want not!
  • Then, apply Mint Fizz Sparkle paste through a Script Stencil on the right hand side of the pallet.  Heat dry.
  • Now, apply Berry Burst Embossing Texture Paste through the Cobble Circle Stencil on the left hand side of the pallet.  Heat Dry.  Keep your heat gun moving and be patient.  The Embossing Texture paste is “cooked” when it begins to lighten in color and develop some texture.  It’s sooooo cool!
  • Now you’ve got a great foundation to build on!
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet: Adding the Details

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Here are the next steps in the process.

  • First, fussy cut the succulent wreath from Succulent Garden 12×12 Paper Pack

TIP:   Trim around the outside of the wreath first.  Because there are so many intricate pieces, i left a little white border all the way around so that I would not accidentally ciip off any wispy bits.  Then lay the trimmed wreath on a glass mat (or the glass from an old picture frame). Use a craft knife to cut a couple of triangular pieces from the white center of the wreath.  Now you’ll be able to fit your scissor blades inside the wreath and cut it easily.

  • Next, dry brush the cut edges with any paint that’s left on your brush.
  • Then add chipboard or foam tabs to the back side of the wreath to add dimension.
  • Glue in place on the prepared burlap panel.
  • Now brush the chipboard sentiment with a wash of the same chalk paints.
  • Heat dry the chipboard, then sponge the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shading and dimension.  Hot glue in place.
Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial: Adding the Flowers

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Embossing Texture Paste by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Finish off your wood pallet with an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers, Succulents and Foliage.  You can watch me build this arrangement in the video that follows.

Little Birdie Crafts Altered Wood Pallet Tutorial Video

This 20 minute video will guide you step by step through my creative process.  I hope you enjoy!

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial

Hello Friends!  It seems as though I’m seeing succulent gardens everywhere I go.  They are all the rage right now, and luckily for us, Little Birdie Crafts has added some gorgeous succulent papers and flowers to their shop.  Today’s Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial will show you how to create a lovely piece of home decor that celebrates the beauty of succulents.

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I wanted to create a shadowbox that had the look of a chippy old garden shed.  Paints, texture paste, patterned papers, sisal fibre, Spanish Moss and of course, lovely flowers helped me to achieve the effect in this 6″ x 6″ shadow box.

Little Birdie Crafts Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

Just look at these darling potted succulents!  I’ve clustered them up with Bernice Purple Flowers, Fiona Mulberry Flowers, fussy cut images and lovely chipboard.

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial Succulent Garden by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

If you’d like to learn how to make your own garden themed home decor, then I hope you’ll join me for the 20 minute video tutorial below.  We’ll alter the shadow box, add textural elements, layer papers and finish with a flourish of beautiful flowers.  I hope you enjoy!

Succulent Garden Shadow Box Tutorial on Youtube

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Succulent Garden Tutorial Supply List

Other Products: Spanish Moss, Recollections Wood Shadow Box Tray, Purple Night Seam Binding Ribbon, Burlap String

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share with Authentique Stitches

Hello, Friends!  Every once in a while I come across a paper collection that is like a page from my childhood.  Authentique Paper’s new Stitches collection has captured my heart.  I spent a couple of blissful days creating this Stitched with Love  Sewing Themed Flip Folio.  While I worked, I remembered my mom, who loved to sew.  She put her whole heart and soul into everything she stitched.  And this flip folio is stitched with love, too.

Stitched with Love Flip Folio Stitches by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 1

As a girl, I spent hours curled up in a chair beside my dear mom as she sewed. She was an absolute fiend on that ancient White sewing machine.  Everything Mom did was fast.  Her fingers were fast, the needle flew in and out of the fabric at lightning speed.  She ironed seams lickety split. She pinned and unpinned so fast that her fingers were a blur.  The hum of the motor, the clacking of the needle, Mom humming a tune with straight pins in the corner of her mouth…this was the music of my childhood.  I think my love for, texture, color, pattern and design was born during those happy hours watching Mom sew.

This sweetly vintage folio measures 7.25″ x 5.25″ with a 1/2″ spine. If you’re in a hurry today, you can skip down to the bottom of this post where I share a YouTube video walk through of the album.

To create the collage on the folio cover, I fussy cut images from Stitches One.  A wood doily and a die cut circle add a nice geometric element to the design.

Lots of soft colored little posies, trinkets from my stash and die cut leaves play nicely with vintage buttons.  I’ve had this miniature sewing machine in my stash for ages.  Now it has a happy new home.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Fortified Binding

I covered the cardstock folio base with designer papers from the Stitches collection.  To ensure  that the spine will hold up well, I reinforced it with a strip of Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  This color is called Antique Lace.  To add this to the album, follow these easy steps:

  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ rectangle of  Old Lace Spectrum Artisan Cardstock
  • Then find the center point, which is 2″
  • Measure out 1/4″ on each side of the center point and score a line.
  • Now fold on the score lines
  • Apply adhesive, making sure that you get into the folded areas.
  • Finally, line the reinforcement spine up with the folio spine and press in place.  You can use a bone folder to really make sure it is adhered.

I also cut the cute eyelet lace border and lacing border from Antique Lace Cardstock.  I threaded a 3/8″ strip of paper through the lacing border, and then glued the two borders together on the front cover.  On the back cover, I only used the eyelet border.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio: A Peek Inside

There are lots of great places to tuck in photos.  I think this little flip folio would make a great photo album for seamstresses, quilters, and mom, too.  It would be a great way to house heritage photos.

Inside the front cover, I created a pocket with two companion photo folios tucked inside.  Each little folio measures 3.25″ x 4.5″ and has a magnetic flap closure.

Flaps and pockets go together like needles and thread!  These flaps will hold a 5″ x 5″ photo. You can always tuck more in the pocket along with these darling journal cards from the cut apart page.

The center page of this folio features a lovely flip element.  The facing page is another little photo folio.  This one is attached to the page.

I love, love, love the journal cards in this collection! This page flips down to reveal two more photo mounts.

The pages in the center panel were created with Tammy Tutterow’s “Posies and Pennies” Die from her new Sew Sweet Collection by Spellbinders.

This flap page is actually an altered envelope!

And it holds these darling button cards made with images from the cut apart page.

Stitched with Love Sewing Themed Flip Folio Project Share on YouTube

Because it’s so much easier to see how one of these little folios works, I’ve created a short video project share for you today.  I hope you enjoy!

Stitches Home Decor Project

Since I already had all my paper pretties out on my work surface, I went ahead and put together this darling 8″ x 10″ altered frame.  I thought you might enjoy making one, too, so I put together a quick SnapGuide tutorial for you.  You are not going to believe how easy it is to create the crackle finish on this frame!

You’ll find the step out photos, directions and a supply list in the Snapguide below.

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Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor

Hello, Friends!  Do you have a happy place?  My happy place is the beach.  Nothing relaxes and renews better than a stroll in the sand with the waves nipping my toes and the salt air ruffling my hair.  That’s the best!  Sadly, I can’t be at the beach every day.  So, I’ve decorated my home with lots of beach accents to remind me of my happy place at the shore.  This Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor piece is one of my new favorites.

I absolutely love the size of this Graphic 45 Staples Window Box.  Each recessed window is 4″ square, which gives you lots of room to create pretty scenes inside.   The edges are already lightly distressed, so you can literally “glue and go” with this beauty!  if you’ve never worked with a G45 Window box before, here are a few helpful tips to get you started:

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor: Tips and Tricks

TIPS:

  • It’s quick and easy to cut the signature page to fit the back of the Window Box.  Measure your paper to 9.75” square, and it should pop right into the recessed area on the back of the frame.
  • Cut the pieces to line the interior of the box at the same time.  I cut sixteen 1 ⅝” x 3 ⅞” rectangles of the striped paper. Then I inked the edges with G45 Decades Bon Voyage Blue Ink before gluing into the openings.  
  • Cut a thin border strip to cover the cross pieces inside the Window Box.

  • Give your Window Box a beachy feel by stringing a little banner from corner to corner in one of the windows.

  • Fill individual frames with fussy cut images, real sea shells, sand, and a little glass vial.  
More Tips and Tricks

  • To add extra dimension to your project, glue fussy cut images to the sides of the frame at staggered depths.  Or, create a little pop up mechanism and attach the fussy cut turtles to the back of the window.

  •  Turn a Shabby Chic Door Pull upside down and fill with seaweed (I picked mine up on the beach and dried it) and a miniature sand dollar.

  •  Add depth, color and dimension to the sides of your window box with fussy cut flowers and images.
  • Back fussy cut items with waste chipboard to lend them strength and stability.  The title is popped up on waste chipboard as well.
  • Create custom “feet” for your window shadow box by wrapping large wooden bingo chips with a border strip from the collection.  Adding just that little bit of extra height to the design makes all the difference.
Sun Kissed is back in stock!

This  long, dreary winter has certainly dragged on and on, but having this cheery beach decor reminds me that summer will be here soon.  Now that Graphic 45 has the Sun Kissed Collection back in stock, I can make lots of cards, albums and home decor to tide me over until I can dig my toes into the sand and put some shells in my pocket!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Window Shadow Box Home Decor Supply List

 

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Thinking Spring: Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Old Man Winter just seems to be hanging on for dear life. I’ve been making my own springtime in my studio with pretty papers and flowers and ribbons!  This Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial is a really quick and easy card design.  Build the base with just two simple straight cuts and one simple fold.  The end result  looks so amazing, everyone will think you are a card making genius!

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

These are the cards we will be making today.  Aren’t they darling?  Each top fold card measures 7″ x 5″.   I love the fact that the center step easel design makes it very easy to set these cards out for display.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02If you haven’t seen Authentique’s Jubilee collection yet, you are in for a real treat.  This whimsical spring collection has a strong vintage vibe with a dash of Authentique’s signature charm and humor.  The patterned papers are just stunning, as you can see in this sweet card.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

I really appreciate the fact that there are images and patterns that are not strictly for Easter.  This beautiful 3″ x 4″ image from the cut apart page lends itself to any occasion.  I just love a versatile paper collection, don’t you?

Other Fun Projects: Eileen Hull Trinket Box Home Decor Piece

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Once I opened this beautiful paper collection up, I simply could not stop playing with it.  It’s always fun to add a little fresh home decor to welcome springtime.  So I pulled out my Eileen Hull Trinket Box Die to create this dimensional vignette.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05The cavity of the trinket box is lined with more gorgeous papers and images from the Jubilee Collection Kit.  I also altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology trophy with gesso, embossing powder and paint to create this flower urn inside the box.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06I found this darling chipboard bunny in my stash.  He looks quite dapper on the front of the trinket box.  He’s complemented with a little wooden Easter Egg, a twine bow and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  (Sadly, Petaloo flowers are hard to find these days, but you can still find a few HERE.)

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07This cute dimensional box is attached to an altered spool.  Beautiful Spring Ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon form the tie closure on the box.  (You will find a supply list at the end of this post.)

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share: One More Bunny Card

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09

I had one more fun idea for a Jubilee Easter card.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card base has a 1/2″ spine and a hidden tag pocket on the front.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I fussy cut the banner and floral cluster from the top corner of Jubilee Two. Then I cut out a 4 7/8″ x 6 7’8″ panel with the bunny image from the same sheet of paper.  After stitching, inking and distressing the paper edges, I rolled the top left hand corner around a pencil to create a scroll.  Next I backed my card base with a complementary paper and glued the two layers together, leaving a gap in the top left corner for a tag.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 11

This is the tag that pulls out of the card front.  Fun, right?

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12I also painted some Prima Resin eggs with watered down Distress Paint.  Then I glued them into a “nest” made from burlap string.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 13The inside of the card has 2 pockets filled with Easter treats.

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 14

Authentique Jubilee Project Share and Center Step Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I could have kept right on playing with this delightful collection, but I had to go start dinner.

Authentique Jubilee Center Step Easel Card Tutorial & Project Share on YouTube

I thought you’d like to learn how to make a center step easel card, so I stole a few more minutes from my schedule and made you this YouTube tutorial.  It starts with a project share of all the paper pretties I’ve featured here, then moves into a full tutorial for the center step easel card.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas today that you can incorporate into your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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